David Livingstone (18131873) is revered as one of historys greatest explorers and missionaries, the first European to cross Africa, and the first to find Victoria Falls and the source of the Congo River. In this exciting new edition, Jeal draws on fresh sources and archival discoveries to provide the most fully rounded portrait of this complicated mandogged by failure throughout his life despite his full share of success.
Using Livingstones original field notebooks, Jeal finds that the explorers problems with his African followers were far graver than previously understood. From recently discovered letters he elaborates on the explorers decision to send his wife Mary back home to England. He also uncovers fascinating information about Livingstones importance to the British Empire and about his relationship with the journalist-adventurer Henry Morton Stanley. In addition Jeal here evokes the full pathos of the explorers final journey. This masterful, updated biography also features an excellent selection of new maps and illustrations.